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Julio DePaula outrighted to Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Orioles outrighted pitcher Julio DePaula to Triple-A Norfolk Friday, after he cleared waivers. DePaula was designated for assignment earlier in the week.  

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Kris Johnson gets the call Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Twins recalled pitcher Kris Johnson from Triple-A Rochester Friday, ahead of his scheduled start against the Rockies.

Johnson is likely making just one start prior to the All-Star break, and the plans beyond that are not yet known. He had a 2.75 ERA in 98 1/3 innings at Triple-A prior to the callup. 

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Yohan Pino sent down before All-Star break
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Twins optioned pitcher Yohan Pino to Triple-A Rochester Friday, one day after picking up his first major-league win.

Pino ended up allowed a 4.39 ERA in 26 2/3 innings over five starts with the twins, and could be back in the rotation after the All-Star break.  

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Jake Smolinski racking up multi-hit games early in career
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski has been red-hot since getting the call to join the majors, as he put together his third multi-hit game in a row Thursday against the Angels.

Smolinski went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI, while scoring two runs in a 15-6 loss. Smolinski is 8 for 14 with two runs scored and four driven in four games with the Rangers, including three extra-base hits. 

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Tom Wilhelmsen takes the loss in spot-start
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen (1-2) got the surprise start Thursday night against the Twins and lasted only two-plus innings in a losing effort. The right-hander was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on one hit and three walks while striking out three over 2 2/3 innings of a 4-2 defeat.

Wilhelmsen owns a 2.54 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 43:25 K:BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this season.

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Glen Perkins makes quick work of Seattle
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Glen Perkins made quick work of the Mariners in Seattle Thursday night for the save.

Perkins worked his way past one hit and needed only 10 pitches to secure a scoreless frame in a 4-2 victory over Seattle. He is 22 of 25 in save chances, with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over 38 1/3 innings of relief.

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Yohan Pino picks up first career win
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Twins pitcher Yohan Pino picked up his first career win Thursday night against the Mariners in Seattle. The right-hander yielded only one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings of a 4-2 victory.

Pino owns a 4.39 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over five starts. He also owns a 19:7 K:BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen when he'll make his next start after the All-Star break.

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Michael Saunders injures side on check swing
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was forced out of Thursday's game against the Twins with a back injury.

Saunders left the game in the middle of his at-bat after injuring his side on a check swing. He was replaced by Dustin Ackley mid-at-bat, who stuck out.

Saunders owns a .277/.329/.436 slash line with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener against the A's.

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Odrisamer Despaigne looks dominant in losing effort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

2-1Padres starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne turned in a dominant outing in a losing effort Thursday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, dropping to 2-1 on the year. The right-hander yielded two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 2-1 defeat.

Over his first four starts covering 26 2/3 innings, Despaigne has allowed only four earned runs. He also owns a 0.98 WHIP and a 12:8 K:BB ratio over that span. His next start will likely come after the All-Star break.

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Tyler Lyons expected to be optioned Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons is expected to be optioned to the minors Friday, according to MLB.com.

Lyons will be sent down in order to make room for Joe Kelly, who is returning from the disabled list. Lyons was just activated from the DL Monday, and tossed three innings for the club Thursday. 

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